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  1. 1. Giving High-performance Polymers Shape
  2. 2. Design object for your home The award-winning Brazilian designer Guto Indio da Costa designed a metal-free cooking module with an induction hotplate for Celanese: A real eye-catcher that fits in the smallest (city) kitchen with a baking chamber completely injection molded from Vectra® / Zenite® LCP and intelligent functionality. High-performance materials and a smart concept combined in a solution for modern households that appreciate efficiency. High-temperature polymer in use In the design cooking module Vectra® /Zenite® shows it’s potential: The thermoplastic polymer tolerates very high service temperatures, is resistant to chemicals and easy to clean due to the smooth surface. And the material also saves an enormous amount of energy replacing metal in the cooking module: Vectra® / Zenite® only requires about 60 percent of the energy needed to heat the same volume of steel – an unbeatable benefit for baking pans or in the baking chamber itself. Variable multi-talent Pizza or Sunday roast? The heating element that can be inserted at various levels to adapt oven size to requirements ensures versatility – and gives the kitchen appliance good values for energy efficiency. The cooking module is adapted to purpose with pull-out induction hotplates and a control panel that can be retracted and extended. The cooking module can also be operated via smartphone for efficient use. Ideas for the world of tomorrow Scalable design cooking module made from Vectra® /Zenite® LCP Features of the cooking module: 1 Vertical door opening 2 Variety of colors available 3 LED mirror lighting along the door 4 LED temperature display 5 Moveable heating element 6 Pull-out induction hotplate 7 Extendable / retractable control panel 1 2 4 5 7 6 3
  4. 4. Luis Augusto „Guto“ Indio da Costa The Brazilian Guto Indio da Costa acts with his company Indio da Costa A.U.D.T. in the focus areas of architecture, urban development and product design. His award-winning designs include the “IC01 Chair” with which he tested the design possibilities of the Celanese polymer Celstran® LFT. Material manufacturer Celanese and designer da Costa joined forces again in 2013 and developed a cooking module that impresses with space and energy efficiency. This time the choice was the high-temperature polymer Vectra® / Zenite® LCP. We asked Marta Tejerina, Market Analyst in the Business Unit Consumer – and declared design oven expert. What is special about the design cooking module that only exists as a prototype to date? The cooking module is a technical masterpiece made from thermoplastic polymers that withstand very high tempera- tures, even up to 340 degrees Celsius for brief periods. It is unique in that it dispenses completely with metal – and we are convinced it will be a trendsetter. To what extent is the cooking module ahead of its time as a trendsetter? Future-oriented products have to adapt today to coming generations. And our design cooking module does just that: It is extremely flexible in use in increasingly limited living space – elements can be extended or retracted as required and the oven volume is adjustable. And then there is the smartphone connectivity: This will probably be standard in the future to operate household appliances while away from home. What role does the material play in the innovation potential of the cooking module? An enormous role – especial with regard to energy efficien- cy: Vectra® / Zenite® heats up much faster than metal. The material is especially suitable for kitchen appliances because it is absolutely foodsafe and chemical resistant – for example to cleaning agents. What is the significance of such collaboration with the Brazilian star designer for Celanese? It is becoming increasingly important to show customers what our polymers can achieve. And a designer like Guto can demonstrate what a material can really do when given the chance away from the market. We are working on new projects to make our future more attractive and more con- venient using technology and design.
  5. 5. VECTRA® / ZENITE® - THIS MATERIAL STAYS IN SHAPE Vectra® / Zenite® LCP grades The Vectra® / Zenite® range includes various grades that differ in temperature resistance, stiffness, strength or surface structure depending on modification. The material is ideally suitable for processing in injection molding, extrusion and thermoforming and is frequently used for thin-wall, dimensionally stable products. Typical applications include: • Kitchen appliances • Medical technology • Electronic components – for example camera modules Extreme character It’s never too hot or too cold for the liquid crystal polymer Vectra® / Zenite® LCP: It tolerates temperature from 280 °C down to -196 °C without loss of performance and is thus ideal for ovens and deep freezers – the perfect solution for the kitchen. Foodsafe It’s the optimum solution for contact with food: Vectra® / Zenite® LCP meets all the corresponding EU and FDA regulations and is not impacted by coloring or acidic media. Buttons and jewelry made from synthetic resin – phones and radio casings made from Bakelite: What the first polymer developers brought into the market was used by the desig- ners at that time in pioneering utility design.The extent to which such collaborations can be fruitful today is demonstrated by projects such as that of the manufacturer of thermoplastic polymers Celanese with the Brazili- an designer Guto Indio da Costa: An award-winning chair was followed in 2013 by a cooking module with adjus- table baking chamber – planning of a lighting concept in a public space is already underway.
  6. 6. Non-stick effect The very smooth surface of the material is the reason for this adhesive property. Vectra® / Zenite® LCP does not require a coating to prevent for example bread or cake adhering to the baking pan; thus making it easy to clean. Design freedom Red, blue or yellow? Vectra® / Zenite® LCP does not have to keep a low profile in the color spectrum and the same applies to diversity of shape. The material is flash-free in injection molding. Short cycle times Vectra® / Zenite® LCP makes life easy for manufacturers with low mold temperatures, a wide processing window and low melt viscosity. Metal replacement Outstanding mechanical properties – high stiffness and low warpage – combined with Vectra® / Zenite® LCP being 30 percent lighter than metal make it excellent for thin-walled applications.
  7. 7. ENGINEERED MATERIALS celanese.com/engineered-materials Engineered Materials ■ Celanex® thermoplastic polyester (PBT) ■ Hostaform® and Celcon® acetal copolymer (POM) ■ Celstran,® Compel® and Factor® long fiber reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) ■ Celstran® continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFR-TP) ■ Fortron® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) ■ GUR® ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) ■ Impet® thermoplastic polyester (PET) ■ Riteflex® thermoplastic polyester elastomer (TPC-ET) ■ Thermx® polycyclohexylene-dimethylene terephthalate (PCT) ■ Vandar® thermoplastic polyester alloy (PBT) ■ Vectra® and Zenite® liquid crystal polymer (LCP) Contact Information Americas 8040 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042 USA Product Information Service t: +1-800-833-4882 t: +1-859-372-3244 Customer Service t: +1-800-526-4960 t: +1-859-372-3214 e: info-engineeredmaterials-am@celanese.com Europe Am Unisys-Park 1, 65843 Sulzbach, Germany Product Information Service t: +(00)-800-86427-531 t: +49-(0)-69-45009-1011 e: info-engineeredmaterials-eu@celanese.com Asia 4560 Jinke Road, Zhang Jiang Hi Tech Park Shanghai 201203 PRC Customer Service t: +86 21 3861 9266 f: +86 21 3861 9599 e: info-engineeredmaterials-asia@celanese.com Copyright © 2013 Celanese or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This publication was printed on 19 September 2013 based on Celanese’s present state of knowledge, and Celanese undertakes no obligation to update it. Because conditions of product use are outside Celanese’s control, Celanese makes no warranties, express or implied, and assumes no liability in connection with any use of this information. Nothing herein is intended as a license to operate under or a recommendation to infringe any patents.